April 2022 News

News Briefs for 08 April 2022

J&K Bank Money Laundering Case: ED questions Omar Abdullah in Delhi

Srinagar 07 Apr: National Conference vice-president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was on Thursday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in J&K Bank money laundering case, reports said. Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that Omar was questioned by ED in New Delhi in the money laundering case, FIR of which was registered by the CBI. They said that the CBI had earlier booked former J&K Bank chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Shaikh and others for alleged irregularities in sanctioning of loans and investments.

LeT militant associate held in Baramullas Kreeri

Pattan 07 Apr: Security forces on Thursday claimed to have apprehended a militant associate in Kreeri area of Baramulla district. According to a statement, a joint team of police, 29 RR, 2nd BN SSB apprehended a militant associate of LeT outfit in Dlipora village of Kreeri, following a specific input about the movement of suspicious persons. He had been identified as Iqbal Mir son of Ghulam Nabi Mir of Mungam Wagoora.

NC condemns ED summon/questioning of party Vice President Omar Abdullah

Srinagar April 07 07 Apr: (KNS) The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Rank and File on Thursday condemned the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons to party Vice President Omar Abdullah describing the move as witch-hunt and vengeance. JKNC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial Presidents Ratan Lal Gupta, Nasir Aslam Wani, Senior party leaders Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mian Altaf, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Party MPs Muhammad Akbar Lone, Hasnain Masoodi, Sakina Itoo, Shameema Firdous, Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq, Sajjad Kitchloo, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Javed Rana, State Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, Zone Presidents Javed Dar, Ali Muhammad Dar, Dr Bashir Veeri; district presidents, YNC Provincial presidents Salman Ali Sagar, Aijaz Jan, Sara Hayat Shah, Sabiya Qadri in a joint statement released from the party headquarters condemned the undue witch-hunt and intimidation of all contrarian voices critical of government saying the motive behind the ED summon is to deter Omar Abdullah from shouldering peoples predicaments. They said the incumbent ruling dispensation in New Delhi is employing the government machinery and malevolent tactics to subdue NC leadership`s effort in forging unity among different mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir.

NIA conducting raids at several locations in Kashmir

Srinagar 07 Apr: The National Investigation Agency was carrying out searches at various locations in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday, reports said here. Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that the NIA raids were going on in Srinagar, Budgam and other areas. They said that the raids were being conducted in a case related to militant and subversive activities of few persons, in whose residences raids were going on.

OGW arrested, incriminating material seized in Lolab: Police

Kupwara 07 Apr: Kupwara police on Thursday claimed to have arrested an OGW from Gudmacher area of Lolab in Kupwara district and also recovered some incriminating material from his possession. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), a joint team Police Station Sogam, along with 28 RR and 162 Bn CRPF has apprehended one OGW from Gudmacher area of Lolab. As per the statement he has been identified as Owais Ahmad Khan son of Gh Mohd Khan of Khancheck Tekipora area of Lolab.

Another non-local shot at in Pulwama district

Anantnag 07 Apr: Unidentified gunmen shot at and injured a non-local labourer on Thursday evening here in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Todays incident is the fifth such incident since March 19 in Pulwama district, and has left as many as seven non-locals wounded. The injured has been identified as Sonu Sharma, son of Banarsi Das, a resident of Pathankot in Punjab.

Militants flee after brief exchange of fire with forces in Shopian

Anantnag 07 Apr: An unknown number of militants managed to escape, following a brief exchange of fire with government forces, late Wednesday night here in Shopian district of south Kashmir. The military operation was launched in Imamsahib area of the district a day after unidentified gunmen shot at and injured a member of the Kashmiri Pandit community in Shopian district. Several attacks have recently taken place targeting non-locals in south Kashmir.

BSF recovers arms, ammunition near Indo-Pak border in Jammu; troops on alert

Jammu 07 Apr: The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a special search operation (SSO) along the International Border (IB) in Jammu, officials said. They said the SSO was launched as there were intelligence inputs about Pakistan-based militants attempting to smuggle weapons into the Indian territory. The troops were on high alert following the adverse inputs and were regularly patrolling the areas near the three-tier border fencing along the IB, they said.

Onus on Pakistan to create environment free of terror, hostility: India

New Delhi 07 Apr: India on Thursday said it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan while asserting that the onus is on Islamabad to create an environment free of terror and hostility for such engagement. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said this in Rajya Sabha when asked about media reports stating that the adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan backed the resumption of bilateral trade ties with India. The governments consistent position has been that India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing issues, if any, bilaterally and peacefully in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence, Muraleedharan said.

Two injured in Army firing in Handwara

Srinagar 07 Apr: At least two people were injured in firing allegedly by Army personnel during an altercation with worshippers outside a mosque in the Handwara area on Thursday, officials said here. An altercation broke out between worshippers, who were coming out of a mosque in Handwara town of Kupwara district, and Army personnel, who were recording videos, they said. The Army personnel allegedly opened fire, resulting in injuries to two people, the officials said.

No Curbs On Any News Media In J&K: MHA Informs I&B Ministry

New Delhi 07 Apr: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry that no curbs have been imposed on any news media in Jammu and Kashmir. In a written reply to the queries from Rajya Sabha Member Abir Ranjan Biswas about a report on news media in J&K by a fact-finding committee constituted by the Press Council of India (PCI), I&B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said it was submitted to the Press Council of India Secretariat on March 8.